Shigeru Ban, Neil Denari, Karim Rashid Selected for Interior Design Hall of Fame

Three design stars will be inducted into Interior Design‘s Hall of Fame this year: Shigeru Ban (Shigeru Ban Architects), Neil Denari (Neil M. Denari Architects), and Karim Rashid. The magazine has also created a new award—the Design Icon. The inaugural recipient of the honor will be Paige Rense, former editor of Architectural Digest and a 1985 Hall of Fame inductee. The foursome will be feted at a December 1 gala at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, with proceeds from the event benefiting the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and the Alpha Workshops. While the Interior Design Hall of Fame has historically cast a relatively wide net in fulfilling its mission “to honor design professionals who have contributed to the growth and prominence of the interior design field,” this year’s selections aren’t sitting well with everyone. “Why are two architects, an industrial designer, and a shelter magazine editor being lauded as the best of the best by Interior Design magazine?” asked one commenter on ID‘s website. “Why isn’t Interior Design magazine lauding interior designers? This seems to happen every year, and it’s sending a pretty negative message to those of us who are trained interior designers.”